Youth Education: Teachers
The Youth Education Program offers a variety of activities for school groups, summer programs and teachers. Stay current on our California standards-based programs that help you connect your students to the natural world by signing up for Teacher Updates below. Also see Resources for more material to help plan a visit and prepare your students to explore San Francisco Botanical Garden.
Open daily at 7:30am / Closing is seasonal.
Guided School Walk Lottery for Spring 2016 is now CLOSED
Teachers are welcome to bring students of all ages for self-guided visits and admission is free. The "Nature Detectives" packet is available for K-5 teachers to help you make the most of your visit. Worksheets on plant adaptations and habitats will help older students explore the garden on their own or in groups. Please contact us at (415) 661-1316 x 406 to let us know of your plans, and please be sure your students understand that the garden not just a park, but a museum with living specimens that must be treated with respect. Above all, have a wonderful time!
Let 'em get dirty
Children's Garden School Program
Teaching Nature: A teacher's resource collection for K-12
The Library now offers a teachers' resource collection devoted to children's nature education! Topics include K-12 lesson plans, math and science in the garden, games, crafts, ecoliteracy, school gardens and more. Also available are children's booklists by subject and a list of free online resources. Use your Garden library card to check out books for your classroom. Visit the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture today to enjoy this collection for educators, parents and children.
"From Acorn to Oak" Summer Program for Groups
"Garden Explorers" Summer Program for Groups
For more information please call Laura Luzzi, Youth Education Coordinator, at (415) 661-1316 ext 407
Garden Orientations for Teachers
Have you thought about leading your students on a visit to the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park, but just don't know where to start? Call us to arrange a garden orientation for you and your colleagues, to help you make the most of your visits! These free programs can be scheduled after school, a minimum of 7 teachers is required. Please call for more information. (415) 661-1316 ext. 406.
The Botanical Garden Society offers professional development opportunities in collaboration with the SF Green Schoolyard Alliance, the California Academy of Sciences, and the San Francisco Unified School District. Check back regularly to learn about upcoming programs such as Ecology of the School Garden, At Home in San Francisco, and The Ecoliteracy Institute.
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Dig in deep to an armload of rich content...find book lists, maps, learn about how plants talk to animals and much more. Includes activities for classes and families.